Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told CNN that "in general, we get in our season what the Southern Hemisphere got in the season immediately preceding us and an intelligent guess" is that North America will most likely have a bad flu season.
According to the Center for Disease Control, even though new observations about the flu vaccine continue to be made, experts continue to recommend annual flu vaccinations for children and adults.
Flu vaccines also are available at doctors' offices and pharmacies. The seasonal quadrivalent vaccine also includes influenza B vaccine virus, a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (Yamagata lineage). There is no live flu virus in flu shots. "In the United States, millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and tragically thousands or tens of thousands die from flu each year", Dr. Jernigan said in a recent interview.
While nearly everyone is at risk of contracting the flu some groups are more susceptible than others like young children, pregnant women, those with medical conditions, and seniors. Infants need their first dose of flu vaccine at 6 months of age. Some clinics require an appointment, others will give flu shots to walk-ins. Previous year the first flu-related death in Idaho occurred in December, and a total of 72 individuals in the state died due to flu-related illnesses.
They are available at county health departments across the state.
Stay home from work, school, and other public places if you are ill. Each year thousands of people in the USA die from influenza and many more are hospitalized.
Influenza (flu) vaccine can reduce your chances of getting influenza, or it can make influenza less severe if you do get it. Since September 1st, state health officials report 13 flu cases across Oklahoma.
"Getting vaccinated is the best protection against flu illness", said CDPH state health officer Karen Smith, MD.
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